Monday, December 27, 2010

Question from Louise - Elizabeth Tilney

A question about Elizabeth Tileny lady-in -waiting to Lady Jane grey who is apparently my ancestress. I would love to know if Elizabeth is related to Philip Tilney or Agnes Tileny of Shelly and possibly a cousin of Anne Boleyn or Madge Shelton. Does anyone know?

Question from Ria - Entertainment in Henry VIII's reign

i am in year 8 and i wanted to know about entertainment at the time of king henry the eighth, particulary acting and plays. i do know that later on a globe theatre was build but during therein of elizabeth I. thank you

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Question from Lindsay - Sources for background on Anne of Cleves

I am preparing a paper to present as a writing sample for a Graduate level history program I am attempting to enter come Fall of 2011, and am looking for information on the atmosphere in which Anne of Cleves grew up, specifically her home life after her fathers death. Also, any documentation on her brief marriage to Henry VIII would be good as well, as this is a comparative study of the two countries and their courts at the time just before, during, and just after this marriage took place. Books or website information would be helpful, the more specific the better. Please do not include Wikipedia information, as I need legitimate sources for a bibliography. Thank you!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Question from Nancy - Thomas Becket in Tudor times

Why is Thomas Becket sometimes called Thomas a Becket? Is that how people referred to him in Tudor times?

Question from Sarah - Arthur Tudor's birth date

Arthur, Prince of Wales was born 8 months into his parents' marriage. Is there any possibility that they consummated the relationship before the official wedding day? Or even that Arthur had a different father? Was it ever suggested by contemporaries or those later?

I was wondering because I was reading about the Princes in the Tower being declared illegitimate, and thinking that someone could have used Arthur's premature birth as an excuse to depose him, if he had become king.

[Most of this question was covered in the thread linked below. - Lara]

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Question from Charli - Mr Colley and Mr Thorp and sumptuary laws

In the inventory of Henry Howard, earl of Surrey in 1546, there is an addition that 'a Robe with a hood of crymsen vellut' was delivered to Mr Colley and Mr Thorp by Sir John Gates.

I have hunted high and low for Mr Colley and Mr Thorp and I still can't find who they are. I was wondering if you knew who these people were!?

Also do you know what the earls could not wear under the sumptuary laws?

Thank you!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Question from Elen - Info on book "The Private Lives of the Tudor Monarchs"

Hi guys,

I stumbled across a book called "The private lives of the Tudor Monarchs" by Chrsitopher Falkus (it's available on
Has anyone read that book and can recommend it? I'd love to hear what you know about it!


Sunday, December 05, 2010

Question from Amanda - Items shown in a first season episode of "The Tudors"

I have been re-watching Season 1 of the Tudors and during the Sweating Sickness episode, when the sickness has ended and the so a church service the show pillows with what look like spurs or some type of bells on them. I have looked and can not find what they are to represent and if there is any historical accuracy in this part of the show. Do you know any information on this?

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Question from Brianna - Sources for Elizabeth's decision not to marry

I'm looking for more information on Elizabeth I's decision not to marry, I am in 10th grade taking AP European history and I am writing a paper on this subject, I would like to organize my paper by personal, political, and religious reasons why she did not marry. I am having trouble finding specific sources about this particular subject because there is such a vast amount of information out there about Elizabeth and this topic is pretty narrow. Thankyou so much in advance! Your help will be much appreciated.

[Related thread linked below. - Lara]